I’ve been doing a bit of light knitting. My back has decided to play up for some reason this week, and I’ve been rendered virtually immobile. Voltaren is my best friend.
As they say though, there is a silver lining in every cloud. I needed to knit something that was small. Something that wouldn’t put undue strain on my back. The chosen project was one that had been sitting in my guilt pile for a while. They’re my eldest son’s first pair of socks.
I’m afraid someone was uncooperative about modelling them. Sigh. He is however, very happy to have his first pair of socks – finally! I made them a wee bit loose as he’s still growing, and I’d like him to be able to wear them for a while.
I wanted to tell you about this:
I finally got that dratted Kitchener Stitch down to pat! (Bwahahahaha!!!!!) Look at that perfectly stitched toe! Yussssss!! A win!!! I am soooo happy!!!!!
I know I’ve said I’ve got it sussed before, but it seemed that after my triumphant first pretty Kitchener, it all went downhill again, much to my dismay and frustration. In fact, I was so angry at not getting it right, that with my son’s first sock, I did a three-needle bind off instead. That did not make me feel good though. Although the toe was nice and neat, it wasn’t Kitchenered. I felt defeated. In a sulk, I buried the second sock deep in the WIP pile, and went off in search of happier knitting pastures.
My poor son wore the first completed sock around the house until the weather warmed up, pleased to at least have one sock. You’ll notice it’s slightly more rubbed looking than its fresh-off-the-needles twin. After my spectacular failure with the toes, I just couldn’t face the second. Heartless mummy. I know.
This week, I decided that I really had to tackle Kitchener stitch and conquer it! Everyone else could do it, why couldn’t I? I found this very helpful tutorial from the Knitwitch which finally explained the mysteries of where exactly I was going wrong (I wasn’t entering the second stitch before I changed to the next needle). Now I will be able to Kitchener perfectly every time!! Thanks Brittany!
Knitting this pair of socks also reminded me that sock knitting is quite addictive. There’s something about tiny needles and thin yarn. I love the minuteness of the stitches, yet how quickly the project grows, despite the smallness. Especially now I don’t face failure on those last.pesky.stitches!!!
You can guess what I’m going to show you next right?
Hehe. Pretty socks-to-be in raspberry-coloured BFL. Yum.